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Are We Near the End?: Living with the End in View (14 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 4:7-11
June 5, 2011
VIDEO (available at www.yorktownbaptist.org)
TEXT: 1 PETER 4:7-11
More than likely you saw the following billboard the last couple of months:
PICTURE OF "WE CAN KNOW" BILLBOARD
You probably know by now that since Harold Camping's prediction did not come true, he revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
But, were any of you hoping he was right in his prediction?
Do you look forward to the return of Christ?
If not, that may say something about how much you still long for this worldly economy versus the stable economy of the kingdom of heaven.
Interestingly enough, a few days after May 21, the following billboards were put up around the country:
PICTURE OF "THAT WAS AWKWARD"
Why was Harold Camping's prediction awkward?
Because when a prediction like that doesn't come true after so much money and energy is spent communicating it and believing it, yea GUARANTEEING it, there comes MORE cynicism and skepticism from the world…and even from those who profess to know Christ.
All these predictions do is to make others scorn and mock the impending imminent return of Christ to the earth.
Now, it's easy for us to be skeptical and cynical because it has been 2000 years since Jesus and the apostles made the claim that Christ would return.
It would be easy for us to get lethargic and complacent in our Christian walk thinking that the day of Jesus' return is still years in the future or that this is just one big mistake or misunderstanding about the prophecies.
This is not a new scenario.
I can just imagine Peter telling these recipients that the end of all things is at hand, and when Jesus' return didn't happen, Peter address ...
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